Posts by Deborah Silvey
The Seeds for Our Victory in 2023 — Planted in That Day 2013
What has kept us so committed to Fossil Free California since these early years? A sense of the urgency of climate change propelled our growth, even while we were a small, wholly volunteer organization. We also had early success: in 2015 we were part of the coalition that helped pass Senate Bill 185, mandating divestment from thermal coal companies by both CalPERS and CalSTRS.Read more
Attack on the Capitol, Racism, and Fossil Fuels
The attempted coup last week was an attack on our Congress and on democracy itself. It also highlights the structural racism in contrasting the police violence towards Black Lives Matter protesters with how the white insurrectionists were met. While the majority white insurgents met with police-sympathizers, Black Lives Matter protesters are hailed with rubber bullets, tear…Read more
Strong Showing of Divestment Speakers at CalPERS
Fossil Free California’s CalPERS campaign fielded nineteen speakers for divestment at CalPERS’ March 18 Investment Committee meeting, in response to an update on Sustainable Investments from Managing Investment Director Beth Richtman. Speakers – including many PERS members – came from Chico, Woodland, Davis, Sacramento, and the greater Bay Area, with ties to city governments, fire services…Read more
FFCA at Women’s March in Oakland & LA
ossil Free California participated in the Women’s March 2018 in Northern and Southern California on Saturday, January 20th.
A great variety of people marched with high spirits into Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza on Saturday, after leaving the Women’s March Oakland 2018.
Supporters argue for divestment at SFERS
Thirty people spoke for fossil fuel divestment to the San Francisco Employees Retirement System (SFERS) Board August 9th. The vote was postponed to a later meeting.Read more
CalSTRS divestment: An apple for the teacher
On Wednesday, June 8, Fossil Free California and our allies came together for a silent demonstration at the CalSTRS headquarters in West Sacramento. As CalSTRS staff and board members entered the meeting room for the open session of the Investment Committee, we all lined the walls, holding red posterboard apples (“for the teacher”), each apple…Read more
Oakland Police and Fire System divests from coal
On Wednesday, May 25, the Oakland Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) voted to divest their pension funds from investments in coal. Next month, PFRS will consider whether to divest from oil and gas as well. During the morning’s Investment Committee meeting, members of Fossil Free California commented on the damaging effects of coal, after…Read more